Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies that are soft, loaded with chocolate chips and turn out perfectly every time! This easy chocolate chip cookie recipe is made with butter (no shortening) and other basic ingredients and no chilling is required.
I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies. Of all the desserts I have made (and I make a lot!), I still think that I prefer a warm chocolate chip cookie over just about anything else. Or maybe I like chocolate chip cookie dough more than anything else. Either way, this chocolate chip cookie recipe is amazing!
I have another favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that uses shortening and it is really amazing, but I wanted to find a recipe that I loved that used butter and I finally found this one. I also didn’t want a recipe that required too many complicated steps. I like to be able to make cookie dough in just a few minutes and I don’t like to have to wait to get the cookies in the oven either! This recipe is simple, easy, uses basic ingredients and the cookies are absolutely delicious.
These chocolate chip cookies are a little bit different because they actually require melted butter. Nearly all of the other cookies that I make call for softened butter, NOT melted butter so I was a little nervous about this. Typically, melting the butter causes the cookies to spread too much but in this recipe, the melted butter works! I promise!
Another thing that is a little different about this recipe is that it calls for one egg, plus one additional egg yolk. I don’t know enough about chemistry to know exactly what this does, but it works so I haven’t tried to change it! I’m guessing that if you just put in two full eggs, the cookies would still be fine.
The last thing that is a little different about this cookie recipe is that the cookies bake at 325° instead of 350° like most cookies do. Because of the lower temperature, the cookies bake a little longer than normal but they cook so evenly this way!
How to make The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies:
After trying out multiple chocolate chip cookie recipes over many years, I have picked up several important tips for making the absolute BEST cookies!
- Make sure that you have enough flour in the dough. If the dough is too sticky, you may need to add a little bit of flour.
- Spend a little extra time when you mix the butter and sugars. Creaming them together for 2-3 minutes will improve the consistency of your cookies.
- Preheat the oven. This will help your cookies turn out right every time!
- Use a cookie scoop! If you want all your cookies to be perfectly shaped and have them all be the same size, a cookie scoop is the way to go.
- Use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Doing this will make it really easy to remove the cookies from your cookie sheet so that you don’t have to scrape them off the pan – they will just slide right off in perfect shape!
- Don’t over bake the cookies – when I take mine out of the oven, they still look slightly under baked but they will continue to bake on the cookie sheet for a couple more minutes so that’s ok!
Ingredients in Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
-2 cups flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-3/4 cup butter, melted
-1 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
-1 egg yolk
-1-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
How to make Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat the oven to 325°. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar and sugar together with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk and beat for another 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is light and creamy.
Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix together just until combined. Don’t overmix!
Add the chocolate chips and stir in with a spoon.
Use a cookie scoop to scoop out the cookie dough onto greased cookie sheets or cookie sheets lined with a silicone baking mat.
Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until the edges barely begin to turn brown.
Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup butter melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1-2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 325°.
- Mix the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar and sugar together with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk and beat for another 2-3 minutes, until the mixture is light and creamy.
- Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix together just until combined. Don't overmix!
- Add the chocolate chips and stir in with a spoon.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop out the cookie dough onto greased cookie sheets or cookie sheets lined with a silicone baking mat.
- Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until the edges barely begin to turn brown.
- Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Chocolate Chip Cookie troubleshooting tips
Over the years, I have had many cookie failures along with all of my successes and I have learned a few things along the way! You may have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that you love, but they don’t always turn out perfectly. Why?! Here are some helpful tips for some common cookie problems!
Why are my cookies flat?
If your chocolate chip cookies are flat and spread out too much while baking, you may need to add a little bit more flour. Start by just adding a few tablespoons of flour to the batter and see if that is enough to help the shape of your cookies.
Why are my cookies crispy and hard?
If your chocolate chip cookies are hard, crunchy or crispy, you probably baked them too long. Cookies will continue to bake for a couple of minutes on the hot cookie sheet even after you remove them from the oven, so you don’t want to wait until they are golden brown before taking them out! My husband really likes a few cookies to be a little more well-done so that he can dip them in milk, so I usually make half a tray of cookies for him that get cooked a couple minutes longer.
Most of my cookies are baked until barely done. I don’t even wait for the tops to start turning golden brown, but look at the edges on the bottom of the cookies. If the edges look like they are turning a little bit golden brown, they’re done! You don’t want the centers of the cookies to look doughy, but they shouldn’t be even slightly brown on top either.
Why do my cookies burn on the bottom but aren’t done in the middle?
If your cookies are always burning on the bottom, it is probably a cookie sheet issue! If you are using really dark cookie sheets, the bottoms of your baked goods will tend to burn before they are actually cooked all the way through. If you use a lot of cooking spray, the same result can happen. I prefer to use lighter colored non-stick pans so that I don’t have to use cooking spray at all. As mentioned above, I have been converted to silicone baking mats over the last couple of years and I love how easy it is for cookies to come off the tray – no sticking ever!
Should I use butter or shortening in my cookies?
I’ve made great chocolate chip cookies with butter and I’ve made great cookies with shortening – both can work very well! This particular chocolate chip cookie recipe uses butter but many of the other chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried have called for shortening. My other favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for butter-flavored shortening which makes them absolutely amazing. For a long time, I wasn’t very happy with any of the recipes I tried that used butter so I began to think that shortening was the key to perfect chocolate chip cookies. Until I found this recipe!
More favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes:
- Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
- Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mrs. Fields White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Caramel Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies